The long awaited decision by the Fair Work Commission was handed down yesterday as part of its 4 yearly review of awards and penalty rates. The FWC decided to reduce Sunday penalty rates and public holiday penalty rates in awards covering the hospitality, retail, fast food and pharmacy sectors. ..
Training, signage and personal protective equipment (PPE) are some of the more visible and “go to” risk control measures adopted throughout workplaces. These types of controls are often the first that come to mind because they are more visible, more easily recognised and easier to implement ..
With the recent liquidations of a number of building companies, it is timely to discuss what can happen when a Liquidator attempts to claw back money paid by that company as an unfair preference payment. The Corporations Act 2001 provides the basis for all claims of unfair preferences. Thank..
If you are setting up a new business or reviewing your day to day practices for an existing business, it’s important not to forget to update your terms and conditions or terms of trade. Many businesses that supply goods or services rely heavily on their terms and conditions as the first port..
It seems like every week we hear a new story where a business owner has had a former employee either: Steal their customers; Steal their staff; or Steal their systems or other intellectual property. In some cases, customers, staff and intellectual property have all been targeted. ..
Last week, the Queensland Parliament passed the Industrial Relations Bill 2016. This Bill is to commence operation in early 2017, as the Industrial Relations Act 2016 (IRA 2016). The IRA 2016, repeals and replaces the current Industrial Relations Act 1999. In doing so it mostly adopts the ex..
Recent changes have expanded the scope of the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme (QBCC insurance scheme)
These changes largely benefit consumers and will require some contractors to pay premiums for building works which they have never had to pay for before. What are the changes to the Home Warranty Scheme? The QBCC insurance scheme has been expanded to include coverage for the following w..
Just like your car needs servicing, your clients’ self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) trust deeds may be in dire need of a service. SMSF trust deeds are like the “rule book” for the SMSF. They are the document that stipulates what the trustees of the fund can and cannot do. If a SMSF dee..
A recent and important legislative amendment in Queensland removed the limitation period for actions for damages for personal injury resulting from child sexual abuse. This reform is particularly relevant to employers who could be vicariously liable to victims who, as a result of the employer’s ..
ABCC restored and non-code compliant enterprise agreements can continue to tender for government work up to November 2018
The Senate has passed the Government’s legislation to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). Having done so, businesses within the construction industry should review their contractual arrangements with contractors and subcontractors, and any current enterprise ..
Recent amendments to the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld) significantly affect indemnity clauses in service agreements. The amendment is especially important for contractors and labour hire businesses that use or supply labour into the mining and construction industries. ..
On 12 November 2016, new unfair contract laws come into force. They offer opportunities for contractors but also pose some risks. Contracts affected The new laws apply to certain ‘standard form contracts’ entered into on or after 12 November 2016. The laws also apply to any terms of exist..